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State Treasurer Fiona Ma Announces CDLAC Board Approval of $300M in Bonds for Victorville-Las Vegas High-Speed Rail
SACRAMENTO – California State Treasurer Fiona Ma, chair of the California Debt Limit Allocation Committee (CDLAC) board, today announced the board’s approval of $300 million in private activity, tax-exempt bonds to XpressWest to finance a ground-breaking high-speed rail line that will connect Southern California to Las Vegas. It will create 10,000 construction jobs and over 1200 housing units.

“This will transform transportation in Southern California and Las Vegas for generations by providing a fast and efficient connection that gets people out of their cars, reduces traffic congestion, and decreases air pollution,” said Treasurer Ma. “But it will do far more. It’s a regional kick starter that will usher in a new era of economic development in San Bernardino County by creating jobs, housing, retail, and commercial activity.”

The allocation was based on California’s debt ceiling for tax-exempt private activity bonds, which is calculated using an IRS formula. This year the total amount the state may allocate is $4.15 billion.

“We wouldn’t have gotten to this point if it wasn’t for the Treasurer,” said Deputy Treasurer Jovan Agee. “Treasurer Ma would not support a project at the expense of housing and what we see today is a proposal from XpressWest that spells out their vision for a train, housing and other important goals for this state. A lot of credit is due to her.”

Homes 4 Families Presents Fun at Fin and Feather in Support of Veterans in the Antelope Valley
Homes 4 Families is holding a one-day event at the Palmdale Fin and Feather Club to raise money for the 56-home Veteran Enriched Neighborhood® currently being built in Palmdale, and to support services for veterans in the Antelope Valley offered by Homes 4 Families and Vets 4 Veterans.

Sunday, September 22, 2019 8:00 AM

Palmdale Fin and Feather Club 600 E Ave S, Palmdale, CA 93550

During this one-day event, participants will compete in trap shooting, fishing, horseshoes, and archery to see who comes out on top. Trophies will be awarded to the top teams of 5 and top individuals, as well as individual awards in each of the four events. There will also be a breakfast, lunch, a veterans resource fair, and a raffle which includes prizes such as: fishing rod and reel combos, a barbeque, a Lancaster Jethawk’s Sky Box, a gift basket from Bravery Brewery, a membership to the exclusive Palmdale Fin and Feather Club, and more.


1 - Closure for Avenue Q from Division Street to Carriage Way

Avenue Q will be closed for SR 14 bridge work on September 20, 23 and 24 from 9am until 4 pm. Please use detour.

2 -Pearblossom Highway from 33rd Street East to 45th Street East

Reconstruction work will begin on the south side of the roadway. One lane of travel for each direction will be provided on the north side of the roadway. Please follow traffic control and expect delays.

3 - Rancho Vista Boulevard from 15th Street West to 30th Street West

Intermittent lane closures for street widening, which includes curb & gutter, sidewalk, street lights, traffic signal modifications, center medians, landscape, and asphalt paving.

Contractor will start staging next week with traffic control scheduled for placement on the week of the September 23 to 27.

Relieve Stress With Free Yoga at the Palmdale City Library
PALMDALE – The Palmdale City Library, located at 700 E. Palmdale Blvd., will host a free yoga session led by the local yoga studio “The Yoga Roots” on Thursday, Sept. 26 at 6 p.m.

The program is open to anyone age 16 and over. Please bring your yoga mat and plan to arrive no later than 10 minutes after class begins.

“Yoga is great for the body and the mind,” said Library Associate Amanda Arnold. “If you’re looking for a way to relax, have fun, and participate in physical activity, you should come give yoga a try!”

The Palmdale City Library is open seven days a week. Hours of operation are Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.

City of Lancaster, in Association with Antelope Valley Air Quality Management District, Announces Installation of New Electric Vehicle Chargers
The City of Lancaster, reinforcing its continued drive toward energy efficiency, has installed five new ChargePoint electric vehicle chargers at City Hall. The chargers are open to the public and free for the first hour of use.

“We are thrilled to finish the final phase of Lancaster’s infrastructure expansion efforts,” said Mayor R. Rex Parris. “The upgrades to the City Hall chargers align with our goal of offering more charging opportunities to support the adoption of electric vehicles in our community as part of the City’s overall transportation electrification strategy.”

The new chargers are located in the parking lot of City Hall. There are five designated stalls in which charging vehicles may park, as well as five opposing stalls from which vehicles may access the chargers. The chargers were funded by a $10,000 grant from the Antelope Valley Air Quality Management District.

Palmdale City Library Celebrating ‘Talk Like a Pirate’ Day
PALMDALE – The Palmdale City Library, located at 700 E. Palmdale Blvd., will celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day with a series of events on Thursday, Sept. 19.

Events planned for the day include information and demonstrations of Mango Languages, the Library’s online language learning program. Mango is available for free with a Palmdale City Library card using the link on the Library’s website or the Mango Languages app. Mango features over 70 languages, including pirate, and includes more than 20 ESL specialty courses.

The Library will also host a pirate themed craft program from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. The day will conclude with a showing of the movie Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) rated PG-13 at 5 p.m. Admission and popcorn available for free.

Anyone who visits the Library on “Talk Like a Pirate Day” and is willing to have their picture taken will be added to the “treasure chest of scallywag photos” will be automatically entered into a prize drawing.

Volunteers Sought to Create Ribbon Tribute to Veterans
PALMDALE – The City of Palmdale, the AV Wall Committee, and Point Man Antelope Valley will host “Tied to Our Hearts,” a special community project in honor of veterans on Saturday, Nov. 2 from 9 am to 3 pm at the Palmdale Amphitheater, located at 2723 West Rancho Vista Blvd. in Palmdale. It is free and open to all ages.

Participants will help create a 12’ x 3’ Vietnam service ribbon along the Palmdale Amphitheater’s fencing which will “welcome home” all veterans who pass by and who attend the upcoming events surrounding the presentation of the Mobile Vietnam Memorial Wall, known as the AV Wall, which will be on display at the Palmdale Amphitheater from 5 pm on Nov. 7 through 8 am on Nov. 12.

All materials will be supplied on site.

“Please join us for this very special service project that honors all veterans,” said Palmdale’s Recreation Supervisor Annie Pagliaro. “This is a great way for organizations, families and individuals to come together as a community to show our love and support for those who have served our country.”

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